Kolkata’s Debarun Mukherjee presented a heavenly collection, using cream cotton with golden floral appliqués on Indian silhouettes. Seldom does one get to see a collection so beautiful, from the first piece till the last.
Aparna and Nordan Wangdi, too, presented innovatively created, yet very wearable western wear line with interesting surfaces. Babita Malkani surprised everyone with a well put together line, complete with avant garde neck pieces and accessories for ankles and footwear made by the designer herself, something that’s not seen often.
Rimi Nayak’s line had some nicely draped garments in ombre shading and brush painting with innovatively done textures using buttons. Meanwhile, Rajat Tangri too displayed some noteworthy pieces in his collection. There were dresses with pleated prints adorning the garment and black men’s suits with print on the back. Siddhartha Tytler had a Herculean task of doing a solo show at the last minute when Swapnil Shinde opted out of his showing, owing to a personal emergency. It is certainly not easy to pull off a show like that, but he managed it quite successfully. In most of his lines, Siddhartha has displayed a sensibility that worked well for him and his collections. The same was highlighted at the Fashion Week, with some great designs on the runway. His designs are clean, made in straight-line format. Some had sequin sheeting with much glitter, but just enough to look classy on western wear.
Anita Dongre’s Timeless collection in Indo-westerns with intricate tonal embroidery, too, was well put together and presented. Earlier, at the accessory showing, Suhanie Pittie had some really nice and innovative jewellery pieces at her showing. For the evening finale, Shantanu and Nikhil sprung up a high-energy show with some well tailored western wear like jump suits, body suits, dresses and skirts meant only for women, who have the body for it! They were very young in appeal and with Marc Robinson belting out some unusual mix of popular tracks, the show did rock the runway.